Amy M. Martin

Amy M. Martin

I am an art historian specializing in Italian Renaissance & Baroque art and architecture. I received my M.A. in Art History from the University of Delaware in 2014. My current research focuses on the relationship between art and rituals of public execution in Italy during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I am also working on a project that explores the relationship between visual depictions of the rosary and devotional practice in Early Modern Italian art.

I earned my B.A. in Art History with Highest Departmental Honors from UCLA in 2010. My senior honors thesis examined Caravaggio’s self-portraits in his David and Goliath paintings. I served as the Art History Undergraduate Student Association’s Exhibitions/Installations Chair from 2008-2009.

This website stems from my passion for the advancement of digital art history, though it initially began as a space for me to work through my own thoughts about my field (and write about fun things) in the gap year between undergrad and grad school. As I got involved in the art historical community online, I realized that at the time, there weren’t many resources available to art history students, so I wrote What to Expect from your First Art History Course and Applying to Graduate School in Art History with the aim of helping to make this field a little less daunting and more navigable. As of 2015, I am working on two more guides, The Study of Art History: From High School through College (which I suspect will be a book!) and An Illustrated Guide to Caravaggio in Rome. 

In my spare time, I write posts for this site, upload large amounts of puppy photos to various social media outlets, and play video games with my husband. We have a catahoula/lab rescue named Owen who always wants to play.



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